Individual provider appointments are available to for those who may want to obtain support in one area, rather than join a full program. Frequency of follow-up appointments and intensity of intervention is determined by you and the provider to support your needs.
This lifestyle approach draws on an integrative model of weight management and addresses all aspects of health, including medical, nutritional, behavioral, activity and psychological wellness. You will meet with a different team member every week on a rotational basis for optimal support.
Along with weight loss, you should see many changes, which may include:
The actual amount of weight you lose will depend on many factors including age, sex, height, percentage overweight, gender, readiness, etc. We encourage you to view this program more broadly than the number of pounds lost. Depending on your selected dietary approach, an average weight loss of 1-3 lbs./week is typical.
In 2012, our patients lost on average 10% of his/her starting weight (medical reporting method) or 32% of their excess weight (surgical reporting method), with a range up to 27% of starting weight or 110% of their excess weight. Over 50% of our patients lost an average of 16% (10-27%) of their baseline weight with noted improvements in co-morbidities and quality of life.
These results are consistent with the NIH recommendation of a 10% weight loss as a clinically meaningful goal to improve patients’ health and emphasis that even a modest weight loss of 5% shows reduction in blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health, delaying or prevention of the onset of diabetes and better overall quality of life. The Look Ahead trial supported this 10% reduction in total body weight association with reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
We design, implement and evaluate weight management/obesity protocols with the goal of increased understanding of obesity as a disease and its related co-morbid conditions. Our research strengthens the clinical work we do. As obesity experts we gain additional experience with medications before they become available and maintain an ongoing connection with scientists in the field.
We typically conduct several clinical trials a year examining the effects of different drugs on weight loss, and on improving metabolic conditions. We continuously recruit for people interested in participating in clinical research studies. Many of the trials include a lifestyle intervention including dietary and behavioral support.
Each research study has different requirements and obligations. Intervention intensity varies with each protocol. All drug trials are placebo controlled. We would be happy to discuss current studies for which you might be eligible. There is no cost for participation in research trials.